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Spiders Finish Second at Patriot Invitational
Courtesy: Richmond Athletics
Release: 11/17/2012
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FAIRFAX, Va.- The Richmond swim and dive team finished second behind Ohio University at the Patriot Invitational the weekend. The squad won seven events over the course of the invitational and broke one meet record.

In the last day of competition Lauren Hines took first place in back to back events.  Hines narrowly topped Ohio's Anastasia Bocharnikova in the 200-yard backstroke (2:00.41).  Fourteen minutes later Hines won the 100-yard freestyle (51.18).  She finished the weekend with three individual first place finishes and a new meet record with a NCAA B qualifying time in the 100 back.

The Spiders sent five swimmers to the final heat of the 200-yard butterfly.  Melissa Ross took first place (2:05.22). Ross was the only freshman to take first place this weekend.  Her time is the eighth fastest in Spider history.   Kelley Yang finished in third place (2:06.49).  Allison Titley in fifth (2:07.08).  Jessie Krebs battled for the seventh place finish (2:09.10), and Meredith Gouger rounded out the event in eighth place (2:09.74)

Mali Kobelja finished the meet earning second in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:18. 97). Kobelja had an outstanding weekend, winning both the 400 IM (4:25.15) and the 200 IM (2:04.27).  

Erin Brady took third place in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:19.98) behind teammate Kobelja.  

Meredith Gouger earned 9th place in the 1650- yard freestyle (17:33.29).

The Spider dive team will be in action on December 1 and 2 in Wilmington, N.C.  The swim and dive team will be back in action on January 5 for their first A-10 dual meet of the season against Rhode Island.

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Top-5 Teams
1. Ohio University 785.5
2. University of Richmond 649
3. George Washington 500
4. George Mason 493.5
5. UMBC 430

First Place Finishes
200 Butterfly- Melissa Ross (2:05.22)
200 Backstroke- Lauren Hines (2:00.41)
100 Freestyle- Lauren Hines (51.18)
100 Backstroke- Lauren Hines (55.08)
400 IM- Mali Kobelja (4:25.15)
200 Medley Relay- Hines, Kobelja, Yang, Vucic (1:45.32)
200 IM- Mali Kobelja (2:04.27)

Top Freshman Performances
200 Fly- Melissa Ross (2:05.22)- 1st place
200 Fly- Kelley Yang (2:06.49)- 3rd place
100 Fly- Kelley Yang (56.26)-3rd place
50 Free- Kelley Yang (24.31)- 8th place
100 Fly- Natalya Ares (57.77)- 10th place
500 Free- Molly McSweeney (5:06.11)- 11th place
500 Free- Natalya Ares (5:06. 16)- 12th place
200 Free- Emma Terwilliger (1:57.89)- 14th place
100 Free- Natalya Ares (53.26)- 14th place
100 Fly- Melissa Ross (59.39)- 15th place

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